Born in Detroit, MI and a San Diego resident since the age of 2, Seaholm spent his formative years transfixed by the am radio, gorging himself on the music of Motown, The Beatles, James Brown, Elton John, Nilsson, Aretha Franklin, Badfinger and others. His artist mother also contributed by playing records from Jimmy Smith, Chopin, Earl Bostic and Wes Montgomery in nearly constant rotation around the house. In high school, Seaholm took up the trombone (because the piano was too difficult to march with) and the guitar, and spent hours in the band room discovering what sounds could be coaxed from other instruments. It was during this time that his interest in songwriting fully bloomed and as you'll soon learn, other seeds were planted.
Seaholm's musical career (or careen, as he refers to it) has taken him from solo artist to leader of the bands E-Ticket and The Wild Truth (with its self-titled debut album in 1990 and 1994's Cryptomnesia) and back again with 1997's Passion's Little Plaything and Upload in 2003. His music has also been featured on numerous compilations, most notably 1993's Seaholm-produced Signatures, which was instrumental in establishing San Diego's burgeoning acoustic scene, bringing attention to fellow songsters including Jewel & Steve Poltz. In addition, he has become a first-call producer for scores of bands and artists including Buddy Blue, Loam, Romy Kaye, The Corrupters, Dead Rock West and Muggles Meshugana, folk and country artists like Darlin' and Rose, Mary Dolan and Bruce Dale Betz, and art rockers Via Satellite, Low Cloud Cover, Waterline Drift and Goodbye, Blue Monday. When queried about the diverse styles he works in, Seaholm simply replies It's all music to me, without a trace of irony.
With regard to the bizarre twists and turns of this journey, the Via Satellite connection is especially telling. It seems more than memories were left behind from his high school days. He also had a son, albeit one he didn't know about until he met him, face to familiar looking face, some 19 years later. The visage staring back at him was that of Drew Andrews, who had yet to become singer/guitarist for Via. The bond was immediate, and just as instantly the two began to write dozens of songs together, many of which would end up on Seaholm's latest release. The unexpected (re)union and resulting musically-oriented dialogue brought not only a fresh perspective, but reminded Seaholm of how he came to fall in love with music as well. The album is a laminate of all these influences, in service of the sharply written lyrics and poignant melodies that have become a hallmark of his work.
In performance, he and his band explode passionately into action, never giving any audience less than all they have to offer, and often quite a bit more. That this should be the case whether he is on one side of the studio glass or another, or writing his upcoming book The Zen of Recording, or lending his graphic design and photographic skills to yet another artist's release is hardly surprising, and one can rely on the fact that the results will be honest, compelling and delivered with the full force of his lust for life and his love for music. Hyphenated or not, Sven-Erik Seaholm is indeed making a better world. And he's just getting started.
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